Saturday Morning Flashback

Saturday Mornings at 8:00am

1995. Again. (photo: Wendy Rice / WXRT)

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1995 [Playlist]

Smashing Pumpkins topped the XRT Listener Poll in 1995. Flashback to Wendy’s show last Saturday. Next week: 1973


photo: W. Rice

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1968 [Playlist]

Reflecting on 1968 requires many adjectives: influential, radical, potent, momentous, incomparable. It’s been called “the year that shaped a generation.” A key component was the music of ’68. Often loud, soulful, reflective, outspoken, and inspirational, [...]


(Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1977 [Playlist]

In the year that saw the death of the King, music was re-energized. Debut releases from artists like Talking Heads, Elvis Costello, the Clash, and others offered an invigorating challenge to the predictable mainstream rock bands of the mid-70s.


(Photo:  JON LEVY/AFP/Getty Images)

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1988 [Playlist]

1988: presidential election year, Olympic year, the lights were switched on at Wrigley Field, Roseanne debuted on TV. And that’s just skimming the surface. It’s the music that we focus on every Saturday morning. Whether [...]



Saturday Morning Flashback: 3/1/14 [Playlist]

1969. Two guys strolled on the Moon for the world to see on a fuzzy black & white TV screen, and four men crossed a street in London for an iconic album cover photo. Unforgettable [...]


(Photo Credit: Danny Clinch)

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1980 [Playlist]

The 1980 “Miracle on Ice” has been mentioned more than a few times during coverage of the Sochi Games, and for good reason. That semi-final match pitting U.S. collegiate underdogs against the mighty Soviet Union [...]



Flashback: The Making of “I’m Not In Love” by 10cc [Listen]

Johnny Mars will be behind the board for Saturday Morning Flashback — 1977. He just dropped my a line saying he’s going to give a spin to 10cc’s “I’m Not In Love,” early in the show. This is a track full of 70s studio magic and worth checking out in more detail.

If you have a few free minutes, watch this short documentary on the making of the song below and how the band used vocal loops the create the breathy atmosphere that makes this recording so unique.



Saturday Morning Flashback: 5/11/13 [Playlist]

Next week: 1983 This Week’s Playlist: 1992 Song – Artist Steam – Peter Gabriel Love – The Sundays Friday I’m in Love – The Cure Beneath the Damage and the Dust – Peter Himmelman Saturday [...]


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Saturday Morning Flashback: 5/4/13 [Playlist]

1975. The Vietnam war finally ended, Mayor Richard J. Daley was reelected to an unprecedented 5th term, Bruce Springsteen was simultaneously on the covers of Time and Newsweek, and by the end of the year, [...]



Saturday Morning Flashback: 4/20/13 [Playlist]

1971: The new decade was just starting to rise from the shadows of the tumultuous ’60s. But let’s not get overly dramatic. The essence of 1971 was a lot of great music that holds up [...]